Later News Apr 24

Scholes labels Manchester United dressing room a ‘disaster’, but Rangnick disagrees


According to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, the club’s problems run far beyond what is happening on the pitch, which is really saying something.

 

The former Red Devils midfielder revealed in the aftermath of United’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal last evening (SGT) that he had learnt the dressing room was a “disaster” and a “mess”.

 

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Of course, Scholes’ source might be somewhat biased in his views, considering that he learnt this information from disgruntled forward Jesse Lingard, whose future at United looks about as bleak as the forecast for Netflix’s share prices.

 

Said Scholes: “It is an absolute mess. It is a disaster of a dressing room. I had a quick chat with Jesse (Lingard) the other day and I’m sure he won’t mind me saying that the dressing room is just a disaster.”

 

Rangnick, however, casually brushed aside Scholes’ comments in the manner befitting of a manager who is in ‘ORD mood’, and knows this mess will be someone else’s to clean up in just a few months’ time.

 

“I don’t know, you have to ask Jesse Lingard if you have this information,” said Rangnick. “Obviously after games like today or the games at Liverpool or Everton, there is massive disappointment in the locker room for sure.

 

“This is normal. It would be rather a problem if that was different so this is for me normal. I think the whole group; they get on reasonably with each other. I'm not daring to say they get on well with each other but I don’t see that there is an issue with regard to the atmosphere in the locker room.”

 

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Nonetheless, United’s disunity was evident in the way they capitulated to an Arsenal side that was – through the mediums of their full-backs Nuno Tavares and Cedric Soares – begging to be beaten at the Emirates Stadium.

 

Instead, the Gunners were able to secure all three points, even without their star player Harry Maguire, and are now back in pole position to finish in the top-four.

 

But Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who has seen his fair share of false dawns, wisely refused to get carried away by the victory.

 

“This (top-four race) changes so quickly, but my belief is that we’re going to give it a real go, we can win football matches, but the margins are very small and we have to be very aware of that,” said Arteta. “Winning and losing in this league and where we are today, is defined by the small margins, so everything has to be there to take the game where we want at the end of the 95 minutes.”

 

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As for United, the defeat to Arsenal has effectively ended all hopes of a top-four challenge, according to Rangnick.

 

Admitted Rangnick: “Look at the table and the teams with Tottenham and Arsenal, I think it is not very realistic to dream and speak about the top four.”

 

Arsenal are currently fourth in the English Premier League on 60 points, two points ahead of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who were held to a goalless draw by Brentford.

 

United, who have played a game more than both Arsenal and Spurs, are down in sixth, on 54 points, and are in danger of being overtaken by both the Hammers and Wolves.

 

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